Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Back from Europe & Life Changes

We're back from an amazing 16 days in London, Oia-Santorini, Rome, Florence & Venice - a trip the four of us will long remember for all that we saw and did!  Have to admit - it's very hard adjusting back to real life. Which only makes me think that I'm not interested in returning to it exactly as it was.

I like to think of a vacation as vacating your life as you know it;  leaving behind old routines and opening new doors.  On this trip I really noticed the routines and habits of my back-at-home life that are more of a burden than a joy and the things that matter more to me now that I'm close to turning 50 :)

Here's a few of the changes I'm making:

- a lot less time on the internet
- saying yes to opportunities  that just pop up.  Just said yes to a  week up in the Thousand Islands, the pre-vacation me would have turned it down
- focusing more on staying in touch with extended family and friends
- returning to the book project I started this winter.  It has nothing to do w/design or this blog but it's something I'm really excited about it.  More on it in August.

Hope you're been having a great summer.  Curious, has your vacation time got you thinking about any life changes?

Oia  Santorini 






Tammy Chrzan said...

What an amazing holiday!
I can't wait to see more blogs about it!

Squeak said...

Unfortunately, I won't be having any vacations for a while as I'm being laid off on Friday. But being laid off will definitely mean some life changes.

My Notting Hill said...

Squeak - I'm so sorry to hear that. I hope that things will be ok and your next opportunity will be a good one. Michele

cindy hattersley design said...

Traveling is so life changing isn't it? We did not make it to Venice on our last Italian trip. I am anxious to see and hear more about it!!

Jennifer Sergent said...

Thank you for those pictures! We're going to the beach in August, and I've made a vow not to look at the computer for two weeks. Can't wait to see more from your travel album!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

It looks like you we're lucky to find such a delightful reset button. I think the notion of saying yes to more things is bound to have interesting and fun results.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

your photos of your whirlwind vacation are lovely... There is a magical empowerment that welcomes the heart back from wonder and discovery. Enjoy, as you return to your daily routines with a refreshed attitude and satisfaction.
Welcome back and I look forward to more European photo essays.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh wow how spectacular, love your photos! I think a really good vacation does that -sort of resets our wheels and makes us realize what is important in our 'real' lives. After seeing that Jim Carey movie a few years ago when he had to say 'yes' to everything (forget the name -remember it?) I sort of opened my own life up to saying yes more often. Weird how a silly movie can do that! Have fun in the Thousand Islands!

Karena Albert said...

MIchele what a glorious vacation! My last to Southern California really opened my eyes. What am I doing to make a difference while I am here, and yet how to fully experience all that life still has to offer !

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Bmore Bungalow said...

Your photos are gorgeous! They make me want to hop on a plane right this instant!

Yuko Jones | northfield gate said...

What a wonderful vacation you've had! I'd love to visit all those places when my boys are a bit older. And your book project? - I can't wait to hear more about it! xx

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Michelle, what a gorgeous vacation and wonderful regrouping of the soul. Your head is in the right place and so glad you had a wonderful time! xo Nancy


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